Speaking of playing the "wording" game... has anyone noticed that Science Diet no longer contains corn? Look on the label - it's full of "maize" instead
Bogart, my Akita is on Diamond Naturals large breed. Ingredients are decent, price is great. No corn, no by-products.
My girls, Josie (5yo pit bull mix) and Tia (11yo pit bull) are on Taste of the Wild. Why?
Bogart was my first personal dog, and I had him on different foods (all quality). Then I added Josie, who came to me emaciated. I had the hardest time putting pounds back on her. I tried her on a few... I don't even remember what kinds. I tried her on the Diamond Naturals Extreme Athlete had extra fat and protein, and she put weight on, but after a while she became kind of flaky. I put her on Blue Buffalo, and her coat cleared up. Her ribs also became less visible (this was some time after getting her... it was no longer the result of the emaciation, just her inability to keep weight on) than ever before... But they were still visible. And it's so expensive (even working at PetSmart and getting a discount!).
I decided to try TOTW because of discussions on this forum. It is available at the same stores I get Bogart's food from, which is nice... and it is so much cheaper than Blue! She's been on it for a year and a half at least, and she looks great. She doesn't get a ton of exercise, so she looks better than she should. If I had time to work her, she'd look ripped!
Last summer, when I rescued Tia, she was a fat old thing Ate Ol' Roy all her life. I gave her the TOTW, and she's in a lot better shape. I keep her on it because she has a history of mast cell tumors and I read a lot of research saying that grain free or low carb diets help keep the cancer under control, because it feeds on carbs. So far, so good.